1960s | Children | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Gumdrop 60s

June 16, 2013

I’m in the midst of making my Pride and Prejudice and Zombies costume, but as much as I’m enjoying it, there is a whole lot of cream going on with the dress.  I decided to whip up a colourful little dress for my friend’s wee girl.

If you have read my previous posts, you’ll know that I was lucky enough to receive a box of 68 vintage patterns for my birthday from a friend’s mum.  This little dress is the first pattern used from that amazing gift.

Butterick 4246 with the pink linen found in the envelope.

I used this Butterick 4246, View B – Sleeveless A-line dress with large bow detail in back.  When I opened up the envelope, I found the pink linen and a pink zipper tucked inside.  I was told by the gifter, that her family member remembers the pink dress!

Gum drop quilting cotton from my stash.

I found just enough of this quilting cotton to make the dress in my stash.  I love how colourful and cheerful this fabric is.  I like to use quilting fabrics for kids clothes.  They usually hold up pretty good to wash and wear and they’re easy to work with.

I’m addicted to using Hug Snug – even in kids clothes.  If I had just over-locked the seams, the dress would have been whipped up in an afternoon, BUT as I said – I’m addicted.

Here are pictures of the finished product:

Simple front.
Back of dress with the sublime bow.
Finished seams with Hug Snug.

Now, back to the zombie dress with me!

  1. Wow! What an amazing finish on the inside of the dress! I am drooling because I wish I could do that. Is that a satin bias binding?

    1. Thank you Tina. The product is called Hug Snug and I believe it’s rayon bias tape/binding. It comes in a mind-boggling number of colours and I find the pricing fairly reasonable. It’s very easy to use!

  2. I love the styling and your amazing craftmanship. I like the bow in the back. I’ve seen so many with the big bow in the front but in my experience littles fiddle with things like that. Very nice!

    1. Thanks Debbie. I loved how simple the front of the dress was and how much fun that bow is. I had worried that it would be bothersome to sit back in, but I played with the knot for a bit and it’s set quite high, so I think I’m good.

    1. Thank you! At first I thought I was just strange that I wanted to show off the inside of my projects, but I’ve had people like yourself who appreciate seeing them.

  3. I LOVE this little dress! I prefer quilters cotton for kids clothes too…last forever, doesn’t stain much…I’ve made stuff that’s on its3rd or 4th kid by now & still looks brand new:)

    1. Thanks Amy. I’ve had friends hand down stuff I’ve made them and it makes me happy how well they hold up!

    2. I make summer dresses and skirts for *myself* out of quilter’s cotton. It’s so comfortable and easy to care for, and it wears like iron, so I can make something I love and know it’ll last for several years.

      1. I agree Elizabeth, there are some REALLY adorable prints to use for summer dresses/skirts in the cottons. Really great for traveling too!

    1. Thank you Yulia. I’m a little bit of a perfectionist sometimes, and even though binding the edges takes extra time, it makes me so happy with the outcome.

  4. Hello!
    I have bee searching for this dress pattern all over the place… any chance you’d be willing to part with it? 🙂 I’d be so happy if you’d sell it to me…
    Please let me know, thank you!

      1. I’m not sure how I missed this post Susan! Sorry for not responding. I don’t think I want to sell the pattern, but I think I could trace out a copy for you if you’d like. Let me know.

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